“Brought Into A Covenant of the Lord”

March 23, 2018

“Brought Into A Covenant of the Lord”

Blessings folk!

David had just confided with Jonathan.
David feared for his life.
He knew that Saul was after him.

Jonathan was yet to be convinced that evil was planned by his father.
So, they developed a plan.

1Sa 20:4-11

Then Jonathan said to David, “Whatever you say, I will do for you.”

So David said to Jonathan, “Behold, tomorrow is the new moon, and I ought to sit down to eat with the king. But let me go, that I may hide myself in the field until the third evening.

“If your father misses me at all, then say, ‘David earnestly asked leave of me to run to Bethlehem his city, because it is the yearly sacrifice there for the whole family.’

“If he says, ‘It is good,’ your servant will be safe;
but if he is very angry, know that he has decided on evil.

“Therefore deal kindly with your servant,
for you have brought your servant into a covenant of the LORD with you.
But if there is iniquity in me, put me to death yourself;
for why then should you bring me to your father?”

Jonathan said, “Far be it from you!
For if I should indeed learn that evil has been decided by my father to come upon you,
then would I not tell you about it?”

Then David said to Jonathan, “Who will tell me if your father answers you harshly?”

Jonathan said to David, “Come, and let us go out into the field.”
So both of them went out to the field.

You read the plan.

The detail is interesting.

We learn that Jonathan had “brought your servant (David) into a covenant of the Lord with you.”
This is interesting.

David considered himself to be a servant of Jonathan and of the crown.
David knew that he had been anointed king.
David knew what Jonathan had done earlier.

This is what we saw when Jonathan place his wardrobe and weapons upon David.
Jonathan was transferring his right to be king upon David.
Jonathan initiated a covenant relationship.

Because of this, David told Jonathan that if evil was found in him (David) and if the king determined to bring evil upon David, then Jonathan should just kill David.

Thereby restoring Jonathan’s position.
Thereby executing what the king desired.

Jonathan exclaimed “far be it from you!”
If evil was discovered, he would tell David.

Here we see two righteous servants of the Lord seeking to do right in the midst of evil.

May we do likewise….to be continued…

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